Hillsdale, NJ
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Hillsdale is a somewhat small borough located in the state of New Jersey. With a population of 10,559 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Hillsdale is the 202nd largest community in New Jersey.

Housing costs in Hillsdale are among some of the highest in the nation, although real estate prices here don't compare to real estate prices in the most expensive communities in New Jersey.

Hillsdale is a decidedly white-collar borough, with fully 88.71% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Hillsdale is a borough of professionals, managers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Hillsdale who work in office and administrative support (12.17%), management occupations (12.09%), and business and financial occupations (11.39%).

Also of interest is that Hillsdale has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 9.86% of the workforce. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce this is high compared to the rest of the county. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.

In addition, Hillsdale is home to many people who could be described as "urban sophisticates". Urban sophisticates are people who are both educated and wealthy, and thus tend to be older, richer, and more established than young professionals. "Urban sophisticates" is not just about being educated and well-off financially: it is a point of view and state of mind, one that you might call 'urbaneness'. But such people can and do regularly live in small towns, suburbs and rural areas, as well as in big cities. They read, support the arts and high-end shops, and love travel.

Because of many things, Hillsdale is a very good place for families to consider. With an enviable combination of good schools, low crime, college-educated neighbors who tend to support education because of their own experiences, and a high rate of home ownership in predominantly single-family properties, Hillsdale really has some of the features that families look for when choosing a good community to raise children. Is Hillsdale perfect? Of course not, and if you like frenetic nightlife, it will be far from your cup of tea. But overall this is a solid community, with many things to recommend it as a family-friendly place to live.

Even though Hillsdale is a smaller borough, it has many people who hop on public transportation – mostly the train for their daily commute to work. Typically, these people are commuting to good jobs in the surrounding cities.

If knowledge is power, Hillsdale is a pretty powerful place. 52.88% of the adults in Hillsdale have earned a 4-year college degree, masters degree, MD, law degree, or even PhD. Compare that to the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns.

The per capita income in Hillsdale in 2010 was $45,899, which is upper middle income relative to New Jersey, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $183,596 for a family of four.

Hillsdale is a somewhat ethnically-diverse borough. The people who call Hillsdale home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Hillsdale residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Hillsdale include Irish, German, Polish, and Russian.

Foreign born people are also an important part of Hillsdale's cultural character, accounting for 15.96% of the borough’s population.

The most common language spoken in Hillsdale is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Tagalog.

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